Participating restaurants and other businesses in the Commercial Food Scrap Pilot Program set aside their plate scrapings, fruit and vegetable trimmings, coffee grinds and filters, tea bags and food-soiled paper for pickup by Davis Waste Removal (DWR), who takes the material to a local compost facility. The project began May 16, 2011 with food scraps carts being emptied twice a week.

For some businesses that produce a substantial amount of compostables, participation in this program can reduce costs overall because they will pay less for garbage pickup. Businesses can request a free waste assessment from city recycling program staff members to ensure that as much material as possible is being diverted from the trash by recycling and composting. Businesses interested in participating can call DWR at (530) 756-4646 to sign a subscription card and be enrolled in the pilot project. The pilot program was scheduled to run through Dec. 31, 2011, but will run until the City-wide Organics Collection Program begins July 2016, at which time all customers will have access to food scrap collection as part of regular service.

Anyone who feels that diversion of a potential resource from landfills would be positive could lobby their favorite restaurant, food store with kitchen, or food service-in-an-institution (as long as they are in the City, and thus served by DWR), to encourage them to pay for the pilot service.

As of May 11, 2011, the following businesses have signed up to be part of the pilot:

As of February 2012, these businesses have joined the pilot too: